Bladderwrack is used for many conditions, but, so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them. It’s also important to note that it’s not safe to take bladderwrack by mouth.
Bladderwrack is used for thyroid disorders including underactive thyroid (myxedema), over-sized thyroid gland (goiter), and iodine deficiency. It is also used for obesity, arthritis, joint pain, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), digestive disorders, heartburn, “blood cleansing,” constipation, bronchitis, emphysema, urinary tract disorders, and anxiety. Other uses include boosting the immune system and increasing energy.
Some people also apply bladderwrack to the skin for skin diseases, burns, aging skin, and insect bites.
Don’t confuse bladderwrack with bladderwort.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Insufficient Evidence for
- Obesity. Early research suggests that taking Fucus vesiculosus along with lecithin and vitamins doesn't help people lose weight.
- Achy joints (rheumatism).
- "Blood cleansing".
- Digestive problems.
- "Hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis).
- Iodine deficiency.
- Thyroid problems, including an over-sized thyroid gland (goiter).
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Fucus vesiculosus is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Bleeding disorders: Fucus vesiculosus might slow blood clotting. In theory, Fucus vesiculosus might increase the risk of bruising or bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
Diabetes: Fucus vesiculosus may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes and take medications to lower your blood sugar, adding Fucus vesiculosus might make your blood sugar drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar carefully.
Infertility: Preliminary research suggests that taking Fucus vesiculosus might make it harder for women to get pregnant.
Iodine allergy: Fucus vesiculosus contains significant amounts of iodine, which could cause an allergic reaction in sensitive people. Don't use it.
Surgery: Fucus vesiculosus might slow blood clotting. There is a concern that it might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking Fucus vesiculosus at least 2 weeks before surgery.
Thyroid problems known as hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone), or hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone): Fucus vesiculosus contains significant amounts of iodine, which might make hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism worse. Don't use it.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with BLADDERWRACK
Bladderwrack might slow blood clotting. Taking bladderwrack along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
Medications for an overactive thyroid (Antithyroid drugs) interacts with BLADDERWRACK
Bladderwrack can contains significant amounts of iodine. Iodine can affect the thyroid. Taking iodine along with medications for an overactive thyroid might decrease the thyroid too much. Do not take bladderwrack if you are taking medications for an overactive thyroid.
Some of these medications include methenamine mandelate (Methimazole), methimazole (Tapazole), potassium iodide (Thyro-Block), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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